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Umami Burger gets crafty with addition of The Back Bar in Downtown

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, February 27, 2012, at 10:09AM
Flickr via bittermelon

Gourmet burger joint Umami Burger to open Umamicatessen Downtown. This new-school cafeteria will include The Back Bar, a full-service watering hole.

Joining Downtown's Umamicatessen -- Umami Burger's reinvention of an upscale cafeteria -- comes the "The Back Bar," a full-service watering hole that promises craft beer, bottles of wine and mixologist-created cocktails.

"We wanted The Back Bar to add to the fun, accessible energy of Umamicatessen," said Adam Fleischman, Founder and CEO of Umami Restaurant Group.

The bar is offering 30 bottles of wine for $28; including white, red, rose, sparkling and sakes. There will be 10 craft beers on tap, a few others in bottles and cocktails created by Adrian Biggs, a bartender from La Descarga and Harvard & Stone.

The creation of Umamicatessen was announced over a year ago when the lease for the roughly 7,000-square-foot space at 852 S. Broadway was signed after several months of talks.

"Umamicatessen is a unique concept and a great addition to the revitalization we are seeing on Broadway," said councilman José Huizar. "It will help attract food lovers from across Los Angeles and add life to the street day and night."

This upscale food court-esque space has announced plans to include five different vendors, including PIGG by Chris Cosentino, The Cure, a deli creation of Fleischman's and an expanded Umami Burger restaurant. Downtown local Spring for Coffee will also be part of the venture, pouring coffee drinks and coffee cocktails.

"I see Downtown as a gem that needs a little polishing," said Fleischman at an Umamicatessen event last year. "Here there is a Downtown feel that you don't get anywhere else in L.A."

Umamicatessen will have a soft opening this Saturday, Mar. 3 and offer limited services until later in the month when they have a grand opening party.


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